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Re: [ontolog-forum] (OT) German

To: Stavros Macrakis <macrakis@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: "[ontolog-forum]" <ontolog-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 14:59:25 -0500
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Stavros,    (01)

That's interesting.  Do you have a copy of that review:    (02)

 > Comment by a leading scholar of early medieval Britain
 > on Ostler's treatment of British language history (as summarized
 > by Sowa):
 > It's impressive that almost every sentence is wrong in more than
 > one way!    (03)

A book that covers the history of all the major languages of the
world is almost certain to contain numerous points that could be
challenged by specialists in any of the areas.  On the other hand,
those specialists have never even attempted to attempted to address
issues of why some languages have spread rapidly while others have
died out.    (04)

 > My comment (not hers): the "rats" theory is particularly funny,
 > as though disease spread along linguistic lines.    (05)

It certainly is amusing.  But that's the way history evolves.
The disease-spreading vectors tend to follow the major trade
routes, which tend to be related to the linguistic groupings.    (06)

John    (07)

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